My Creative Work

My first book, Here Beneath Low-Flying Planes, won the Iowa Short Fiction Award, and my short stories have been included in Best New American Voices, short-listed in Best American Short Stories and The O. Henry Awards, and earned me fellowships from MacDowell, Yaddo, Virginia Center for Creative Arts, and Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference.

More about the book…

Publication! Text-Image Essay:”Vanishing Point: A Möbius Atlas” published in McSweeney’s.

I’m really, really happy about this one! My work has evolved to incorporate images,

I’ve recently been writing creative nonfiction and my emerging body of work, Going with Fergus, is comprised of multi-media essays, delivering ‘literary’ narrative through text, image, video, installation, and book arts.

In integrating images, it’s important to me that the visual aspects of the work aren’t secondary; rather, if I’m going to integrate visual element, I want them to be as necessary to conveying narrative as the text itself.

Form + Function in Book Arts

I wrote an essay about the years the dog and I spent driving back and forth across the country and called it Vanishing Point: A Mobius Atlas because there was never an end; we just kept going on this endless loop.

Even after the piece appeared in McSweeney’s, I still kept imagining it in the form of a handmade accordion that fastens into an actual möbius strip, the form echoing the essay’s elliptical content.

Relying on Scotch tape, refrigerator magnets, and Kinko’s coupons, I jury-rigged the essay into book form, but I’d love to learn actual bookmaking techniques!

PUBLICATION! Los Angeles Review of Books

My essay on the use of text and image in memoir was published by the Los Angeles Review of Books!


PUBLICATION: Map Inset: Kansas – A Video Essay

Electric Literature published Map Inset Kansas, a video essay, with an accompanying essay on craft and pricess.

A video essay? A photo essay in video form? A lyric essay in filmstrip form? Whichever way, we’re definitely not in Kansas anymore.

My essay, How Did We Get Here? Notes on Craft & Process, appeared in Electric Literature along with the video.

A woman, a dog, the open road, and the things we carry to the middle of nowhere


Publication! American Short Fiction —

ASF published my short story “The Cupcake Factory” — along with an interview and a recording of me reading it.

Link to story & reading

Link to author interview